Summary of “When You Start a New Job, Pay Attention to These 5 Aspects of Company Culture”

Companies differ in how they cultivate relationships, in how much they value collaboration, and in how much face time is required to get work done and make important decisions.
When you arrive in your new organization, ask insiders how you should approach relationships.
When you start a new job, look at how people tend to communicate with one another.
Pay attention to how information is typically packaged for meetings, the extent to which issues are debated versus “Checked off,” and how deferential people are to those in positions of power.
How companies make decisions also varies in important ways.
The question you want to ask is, what is your own bias for action, and how does it fit your new culture?
One cue is to listen for how people discuss their work in meetings.
Most organizations will hire you for past experiences, but your future success there will be determined by your impact in your new environment – and depending on how well you understand and work within your new culture, your impact can be amplified or derailed.

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Summary of “NFL Mock Draft: The Jets and Bills Secure Their Franchise Quarterbacks”

The dust from a bevy of blockbuster NFL trades and free-agent moves has finally settled, and that provides a little more clarity on each team’s biggest needs going into the draft.
Does the Taylor trade mean the Browns will pass on taking a passer with the top pick? Will the Bills move up to get their quarterback of the future? Who did the Jets have in mind with their trade up to the third overall spot? Will the Broncos use the fifth overall pick on a rookie signal-caller? And are the Cardinals still in the first-round quarterback hunt?
If Cleveland can stick to this plan, the former Bills passer should give his new team the chance to be more competitive in 2018?but more important, he’s good enough to hold off calls to start Darnold, allowing the team to give its rookie quarterback a year to develop.
The 20-year old former Trojan has to rein in his habit of forcing throws into traffic and learn to play with more discipline, but he’s got a big arm, is accurate, has great mobility to avoid pressure and extend plays, and could change the direction of the franchise.
New York Jets: QB Josh Allen, Wyoming The Jets traded a trio of second-round picks to move up from no.
So GM John Elway grabs Barkley, a player who can provide a boost to Denver’s anemic run game while giving Keenum the type of support he needs, both on the ground and as an option in the passing attack.
7: TRADE: Buffalo Bills: QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma A trade! With the Browns, Broncos, and Colts all standing pat to take three of the draft’s premium non-quarterback players, the Bills pounce on the chance to move ahead of Miami and avoid an Arizona leapfrog-sending Tampa Bay the 12th and 22nd picks in the draft in order to move up five spots to take Mayfield.
Baltimore Ravens: WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama The Ravens got off to a good start by signing a pair of free-agent pass catchers in John Brown and Michael Crabtree, but the team’s talent-deficient passing game still needs work.

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Summary of “Creating a minimalist workspace”

The ultimate minimalist workspace, I think, would be to have no desk or papers or computer or anything of the kind – just yourself.
Taking myself as an example: I used to work with tons of paper, files, sticky notes, and all the usual office tools.
As I’ve eliminated paper, I’ve eliminated the need for drawers.
You won’t need to have my setup, but once you’ve determined your minimum needs, here are some tips for making your workspace as minimalist as possible.
If paper is a part of your life, keep an inbox tray on top of your desk and make sure ALL papers, including phone messages and sticky notes, go into this tray.
Do you need a stapler and hole puncher? Do you need all those pens? Do you really need a fax machine? Or a scanner? You might not have control over all these types of tools, but if you do, eliminate the ones you don’t really need, maybe one at a time.
As mentioned above, it’s unnecessary to keep paper copies of files you have on your computer or can access online.
If you do need paper files, keep them alphabetically and file immediately, so that you don’t have a huge “To be filed” pile.

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Summary of “How to Attain Self-Realization”

I’m going to dive into what exactly self-realization is and the exact steps you can take to attain it for yourself.
How psychologists see self-realizationHumanistic psychology also follows a similar train of thought about self-realization.
Psychologist Abraham Maslow has named people he considered to have reached self-realization such as Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln and Eleanor Roosevelt to name a few.
Self-realization cannot be achieved if you are struggling financially and too caught up in worrying about how to pay for the rent and provide food for your family.
How religions see self-realizationIn religions, the concept of self-realization is taken from a different perspective altogether.
Whatever the situation, self-realization gives you the safe space you need to heal and grow.
It does a great job of demystifying what meditation really is and how it can benefit you to achieving self-realization.
How to make time for self-realization every dayI know what you’re thinking.

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Summary of “5 Useful Resume Sites for Preparing a CV That Gets Read in 2018”

In 2018, you need a resume that can be printed as well as shared via a link.
Torre Bio: Mobile-Friendly Graphical CV. Chances are, a recruiter is going to read your resume on their phone.
So you need to format your CV for mobiles 4 Resume Formatting Tips to Make Your CV Mobile Friendly if you want to make an impression.
This is the best no-strings-attached online resume maker 5 Top Resume Builder Sites to Create Your Resume Online I have seen.
I’d recommend signing up for Resume Beacon so it saves your data and you can add, delete, or modify your resume in the future.
Once you build your CV with this, you can download it as LaTeX or JSON. And that, in turn, gives you plenty of flexibility to import your resume into different templates and resume makers.
Just in case you like one of the templates on the site, you can download it as a PDF. Before that, LaTeX Resume will guide you through every step of making a CV, telling you what to put in your profile, education, work, skills, projects, and awards sections.
Once you are done picking the one you like, you need to also check our list of the last resume tools you’ll ever need The Last 5 Resume-Building Apps and Sites You’ll Ever Need.

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Summary of “How to Balance Your Media Diet”

Our difficulty in controlling ourselves in the face of abundance neatly intersects with the business model of the attention economy, which means media needs to ever increase the amount to time you spend consuming it.
The media we eat for 12 hours on average a day constitute the bulk of the ideas we consume.
Beyond engagement, there is also of course active media production, which is part of normal everyday media consumption now.
Self help books are the fastest growing segment of books, for example, as we all try to make ourselves better employees and succesful capitalists, but to the detriment of wider media consumption, especially the arts, which help build the non-obvious connections needed to create ideas and enhances overall intelligence and empathy.
“Now, let’s be clear: just because a media site is biased does not mean it’s disreputable! For example, The Wall Street Journal may skew right while The Atlantic may skew left, but both sites do their due diligence and produce high-quality articles that are worth reading. Having a slight political bias is perfectly normal.The problem arises when a site is so driven by its bias that it begins to misrepresent reality, such as by distorting the opposition’s viewpoint or producing fake news and conspiracy theories.This is what you want to avoid.” #NotAllMediaNot all books are created equal, but we can in general say that reading books has different reported effects that playing games or watching shows.
The pyramid is designed to help us be mindful of the media we consume not to be absolutely accurate - it will keep evolving over time.
We must be mindful about always consuming media with intent - it’s the best way not to be consumed by media.
With such principles and provisos established, we’ll continue to evolve the pyramid and map out some of the drivers and consequences and in part three, as we continue to consider what a balanced media diet is, and why.

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Summary of “What renovations are worth doing?”

One guest called the house “Plain ugly.” She asked me if I thought the guests were right: Should she think about remodeling?
While older media, like early issues of House Beautiful, discusses the process as mastering the careful art of interior design, newer media is more neurotic and self-loathing, describing houses in need of renovation with words like “Dated”, “Immature,” or “Wrong.” Whether presented as a self-improvement project or a form of self-care, the home remodel is presented as both remedy and requirement.
The roof does not leak; the house is warm or cool when it needs to be; there are no structural or electrical issues; nothing is broken or needs to be replaced from routine wear and tear.
Even the show Fixer Upper, in which Chip and Joanna Gaines flip mostly postwar-era homes in their signature rustic modern style, is driven by the premise that the house in its original state is somehow wrong.
Under the guise of celebrating authenticity, the show erases every trace of it from these often historical houses.
The hosts have time and time again muddied up houses with genuinely authentic, or even irreplaceable, interiors.
Then there are the financials: Some episodes feature structural remodels whose costs must reach into at least the tens of thousands of dollars, which could have been more reasonably spent on a house that suited the needs of the family from the start.
It’s time we reconsidered the house as a place instead of an object, to be lived in, rather than consumed; time we stopped thinking of a home as something that constantly has to be “Improved”; time we enjoyed the historicity of our old houses, or the personality of our new houses.

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Summary of “Electricity demand is flat. Utilities are freaking out.”

Thanks to a combination of greater energy efficiency, outsourcing of heavy industry, and customers generating their own power on site, demand for utility power has been flat for 10 years, and most forecasts expect it to stay that way.
The generation utilities that sell into wholesale electricity markets have reacted by cutting costs and merging.
Utilities were envisioned as entities that would build the electricity infrastructure to safely and affordably meet ever-rising demand, which was seen as a fixed, external factor, outside utility control.
What the US needs now are utilities that can manage and accelerate that decline in demand, increasing efficiency as they shift to cleaner generation.
Flat or declining demand is going to force the issue Even if natural gas and renewables weren’t roiling the sector, the end of demand growth would eventually force utility reform.
Only when the utility model fundamentally changes – when utilities begin to see themselves primarily as architects and managers of high-efficiency, low-emissions, multidirectional electricity systems rather than just investors in infrastructure growth – can utilities turn in earnest to the kind planning they need to be doing.
In a climate-aligned world, utilities would view the decoupling of power demand from GDP growth as cause for celebration, a sign of success.
Unless we can collectively reorient utilities to pursue rather than fear current trends in electricity, they are headed for a grim reckoning.

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Summary of “Tell Employees What You Want Them to Strive for”

There were eight competencies leaders needed to succeed, 10 behaviors that marked inclusive diversity, five things employees had to do in order to flourish, and over 100 skills you needed to train on, depending on your profession.
As part of Microsoft’s cultural refresh, Whittinghill – along with CEO Satya Nadella and chief people officer Kathleen Hogan – partnered with us at the NeuroLeadership Institute to revisit Microsoft’s leadership principles.
For anyone interested in developing leadership – in themselves, in their companies – it’s a huge lesson.
Whether you’re in talent management, human capital, or learning design, it’s crucial to understand that for employees to make the most of any sort of internal branding, leadership principles, cultural values, company strategies, and the like have to be designed with the brain in mind.
So too with leadership principles: They only really exist if employees are thinking about them, saying them to themselves, bringing them up in conversation with colleagues.
Working with NLI, the Microsoft senior leadership team came up with six words to maximize memorability – create clarity, generate energy, deliver success – based on what they believed were the most important things that leaders at Microsoft would need to do to lead the company forward.
Microsoft had historically tried to arrive at a leadership model the same way most companies do: by way of subtraction.
I’ve learned firsthand that the more leadership principles get concise, the more you can put them into action.

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Summary of “When You’ve Procrastinated On Your Goals For Too Long”

In the beginning, when we set the goal, we feel usually motivated, for about a day.
As each additional day passes, the resistance starts to grow.
As more time passes by, we feel more overwhelmed, especially if we have attempted to start several times, and failed.
The biggest problem in this scenario is that we think of the sheer size of the goal, or to be more accurate, the list of the activities we need to do, and how much time it will take us to do them all.
There is nothing wrong with the big picture, on the contrary, we need it, but in the beginning, when it’s the planning phase.
Don’t think about the science or that you need 66 days to establish a habit, it will just overwhelm you additionally, which you don’t need.
Next, to the “ONE DAY” principle, the only other one you need is the consistency.
Let’s get down to concrete steps you can take a right this moment to take action and start working on your goal.

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